they make a lot of mechanical marvels, but the aesthetics do not appeal to me in the least for the vast majority of their models.
Congrats on having a Panerai back in the collection. Enjoy it!
Richar Mille, I don't care for at all. I am not attracted to the design (overly stylized) and I don't find them particularly innovative, I tend to think of them as watches for people with more $ than knowledge about watches...and for wannabee celebrities. Its great that Raffa wears one if he likes it, but it has little meaning to me. I think its more impressive when you see photos of celebrities from the past, wearing a nice watch (before the days of paid endorsements), because they chose to wear it. I'm sure if they paid me and gave me a few for free I'd wear one too.
As for Urwerk, a friend of mine has one. I can appreciate the unique way it tells time, but its far too large, I don't care for how it sits on the wrist, and its a little too "Retro futuristic" (like what I imagine someone in the 1950's would think an astronaut would wear as a watch in the year 2025). Its just not for me, but its a cool version of a jumping hour.
I always think of the "King of Cool," Steve McQueen when I see a Monaco. Also, I've become very fond of blue dials on watches. Anyway, thanks for sharing a pic of today's watch choice.